Exploring the theme of Home at First Thought Talks GIAF18

9 July 2018

This year, guest speakers from a range of arts and non-arts disciplines discuss topics on the theme of Home.

What does home mean to you? Join us for our hugely popular First Thought Talks programme for a series of interviews, conversations and debate which this year will examine the theme of HOME. Across 18 talks with 43 speakers, we will consider ‘home’ in all its forms through a lens of literature, landscape, politics, history, art and technology.

From a lack of homes to our digital home, from fictional homes to homes that inspire, from state homes to growing your own home, from our nation home to our island homes, this year’s First Thought Talks series promises thought-provoking discussion.

President Michael D. Higgins will launch this series of talks with a meditation on the idea of home. First Thought Talks 2018 features 18 talks from academics, activists, architects, reporters, poets and writers with 43 participants including Catherine Corless, Sebastian Barry, Andrew O’Hagan, John Lanchester, Sarah Hickson, Liz Fekete, Roy Foster, Tomi Reichental, Mitchell Joachim, Paula Meehan, Lucy McDiarmid and Diarmuid Ferriter amongst an extensive number of leading international voices and journalists from around the world.

The First Thought Talks programme will take place over the weekend of Saturday July 21 and Sunday July 22 with the final three events taking place on Saturday July 28. All of the talks take place in the Aula Maxima at NUI Galway with the exception of the keynote address, delivered by President Michael D. Higgins, which will take place in the Bailey Allen Hall at NUI Galway.

The strand is curated by historian and archivist Catriona Crowe.

For full details on all of our First Thought Talks click here